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all accounts, she's represented us very well and very effectively. >> now, ambassador, let's be real clear. what happened that day was that ambassador rice went on several sunday morning talk shows and told the nation what, in fact, she was told by intelligence sources that day. and repeated what she was told. >> and that's really the way most administrations work. you need to have a unity of people speaking in public. you don't want to have people speaking across from each other. and what happens before those sunday shows, al, as you know very well, is that people agree on talking points. what should the officials say on major issues. had any other senior administration official been out that day, five days after benghazi, they would have more than likely said what ambassador rice did. i never thought it was fair to say that she should have sole responsibility of that. she did not have line of authority for security for our consulate in benghazi. that wasn't her job as ambassador. i thought giving her the outs, as i just said, and giving her her very good service in the obama admini
. and that is a fact that the right is not willing to concede. and that's "hardball" for now. thanks for being with us. "politicsnation" with al sharpton starts right now. >>> thanks, chris. and thanks to you for tuning in. tonight's lead, this time it's different. we've watched senseless gun violence for too long. and too many times we've watched things return to the status quo again and again. but not this time. the white house says the president is actively supportive of efforts to reinstate an assault weapons ban. we learned today he's also asking his cabinet members for other proposals to curb gun violence. and the top democrat in the house. made it clear the time for action is now. >> i think there's a better chance to do that now than ever. not that one child's life is more important than another person's life, but the volume, the impact of this that every child can feel vulnerable. the fact there's been so many events in close proximity and timewise to each other that this is almost a tipping point. >> it is a tipping point. democrats are looking to push a bill this week that would ban high-ca
's "hardball" for now. thanks for being with us. "politics nation" with al sharpton starts right now. >> thanks, chris. and thanks to you for tuning in. tonight's lead, battleground michigan. president obama went to michigan today to confront a crisis that began there. but that matters to every state in the country. republicans in michigan, despite losing to state by 3 million votes to president obama have launched an extreme attack on core democratic policies. they are now pushing a far right agenda to go take down union rights and women's rights. we've seen this in wisconsin and ohio and virginia. now, it's in michigan. president obama went to an au auto-plan where he ripped the gop plan and crippled the state's labor unions. >> what we shouldn't be doing is taking away your rights to bargain for better wages. [ applause ] >> you know, these so called right to work laws, they don't have to do with economics, they have everything to do with politics. what they're really talking about is giving you the right to work for less money. you only have to look to michigan where workers were instrument
of those people. and that's "hardball" for now. thanks for being with us. "politicsnation" with al sharpton starts right now. >>> thanks, chris. and thanks to you for tuning in. tonight's lead, i will not play that game. president obama's holding all of the cards in the tax fight. the gop's on the ropes and they are ready to cave. but with all things republican, there's always a catch. that's right. speaker boehner and company are looking to hold the debt ceiling hostage again. willing to downgrade our credit rating again. willing to risk our recovery again. just to get their way on spending cuts. the only problem for them, the president is in no mood to play. >> so i want to send a very clear messageรง to people here. we are not going to play that game next year. in congress in any way suggests that they are going to tie negotiations to debt ceiling votes and take us to the brink of default once again as part of a budget negotiation which, by the way, we have never done it in our history until we did it last year, i will not play that game. >> sorry speaker boehner. find someone else to p
-capacity magazines, like the ones used in newtown. there will be those who say such legislation will be impossible to pursue. that the country won't be able to get it done. but there are already signs that this time is different. prominent people say this tragedy have changed their positions. both senators have "a" ratings from the nra. senator manchin famously used a rifle to shoot legislation in one campaign ad. but that was before newtown. today, he said this. >> never before have we seen our babies slaughtered. it's never happened in america that i can recall ever seeing this type of carnage. anybody. anybody that lives in america, anybody that's a proud gun owner, anybody that's a proud them ber of the nra, they're also proud parents and proud grandparents. they understand. this has changed, where we go from here. everything has to be on the table and i think it will be. >> now is the time, not months from now, not years from now, but now. martin luther king, jr. once says change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability but comes through continuous struggle. it will be a struggle to ge
there will be hell to pay for all of us, including them. the people running the government. the politicians. good politicians don't take their countries off of cliffs. that's "hardball" for now. thanks for being with us. "politicsnation" with al sharpton starts right now. >>> thanks, chris. and thanks to you for tuning in. i'm live from washington, d.c. tonight's lead, the end of an era. for more than 20 years republicans have calmed to the one policy that's crippled our ability to get things done in washington. do you remember this? >> read my lips. no new taxes. >> read my lips, no new taxes. george h.w. bush hammered that mantra to win the white house in 1988. but just two years later, the reagan deficits were skyrocketing and president bush was forced to change his most famous line. >> long and bitter battle over the budget officially ended last night. president bush put his signature on the deficit reduction package, including $140 billion in tax increases. >> tax increases. that was a turning point for the modern republican party. the right wing went crazy. and george bush lost re-election.
pushed by the out set from those that wanted us to overthrow the iraq government and install themselves in baghdad. they got their way after a less informed president was george w. the kagans have been right there in the room with the the head of the afghan mission today advising him every step of the way. why? why did general patraeus assume the right to allow the people to advise him? what agenda was he seeking here? what was he buying into? why was he buying the hawkish agenda of those who advocated war in iraq in the first place. if so, why was he working for president obama who stood out there against that war. i have to think that patraeus doesn't understand politics or ideology or he shapes his ideology or accepts the ideology of those who stood against obama from the beginning. this is really strange. someone in the administration better start paying attention to who was getting into the tent and who they are indeed working for. backing the iraq war in the mentality behind it is no small thing. and that's "hardball" for now. thanks for being with us. politics nation w
different way than any of us possibly could have imagined. quite frankly, as we stand here today, still can't imagine what traps pyred there. . >> evil visited this community today. and it's too early to speak of recovery. but each parent, each sibling each member of the family has to understand that connecticut, we're all in this together. we'll do whatever we can to overcome this event. we will get through it. but this is a terrible time for this community and for these famili families. our police personnel and others are doing the utmost to clear this situation as soon as possible and to return these children to their parents or these loved ones to their fellow loved ones as quickly as possible. and we'll work with all of the residents of this community and connecticut to make sure that we do, in fact, get through this. i was mayor of stanford on 9/11 when our state lost many of its citizens and i lost a number of my fellow citizens and friends. i never thought that in a public career that i would have to face these kinds of circumstances or that they would visit themselves upon this com
that values liberty and equality you should the law. and that's "hardball" for now. thanks for being with us. "politicsnation" with al sharpton starts right now. >>> thanks, chris. and thanks to you for tuning in. tonight's lead, breaking news. republican power grab in michigan. republican governor rick snyder has just signed bills designed to cripple unions. and take away workers' rights even though earlier this year he said such a move would be quote, divisive and inappropriate. snyder signed the bills despite protests from more than 10,000 people who descended on the state capitol in a massive push back against this shameless power play from the republicans. >> right the work is wrong! right the work is wrong! >> he lied to us. he lied to us on numerous occasions. >> veto! veto! >> kill the bill! kill the bill! >> the protests were passionate and grew tense. in this video from the state's aclu, you can see police actually using pepper spray on some of the demonstrators. the issue in michigan is the republican legislature ramming through a so-called right to work bill. with no warning and
untruth lost. it's for that very reason. we were, all of us, paying attention because it really mattered. that's "hardball" for now. "politics nation" with al sharpton starts right now. >> thanks, chris. and thanks for tuning in. tonight's lead, republicans are picking a fight they can't win. new evidence today that president obama is in a strong position in this nation's fight for fairness. and republicans are on the losing end of this fight. now, new polls show 65% of americans believe the president does have a mandate to raise taxes on the wealthy. 62% say he's got a mandate to protect medicare. and 64% says he's got a mandate to protect social security. that is a winning hand. the president has it and he knows it. >> i'm pretty confident that republicans would not hold middle class taxes hostage to try to protect tax cuts for high income individuals. >> and get this. 160 ceos from america's biggest companies are also now saying it's time to raise taxes on the rich. but, speaker john boehner is sticking to his talking points; at least publically. he's refusing to budge. >> the longer
with us. "politicsnation" with al sharpton starts right now. >>> we begin tonight with breaking news for the first time the supreme court will take up the issue of guy marriage. it's a major step into the one of the key civil rights issues of our time. the court announced today it will rule whether a federal law denying benefits to same-sex spouses is unconstitutional. >> the defense of marriage act, defining marriage as the legal union of one man and one woman. the court also announced it will decide where the california's proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage, is constitutional. voters in california passed prop 8 four years ago but since then two courts have said it is unconstitutional. american's views on this issue have shifted rapidly, to where the majority of americans now support same-sex marriage. the cases will be heard in march. a ruling is expected in june. these decisions will have you judge for fairness in this country. one reporter described this case as the roe versus wade of gay rights. we have three special guests tonight. joining me now is richard, a former wh
the past 30 years, now, in order to keep this nation on the credit rating that it has, in ord ir to keep us moving forward so that workers have enough to feed thechblgs and their families, the patriotic thing for them to do is to pay their fair share. >> when you look at the fact, congressman, this president has repeatedly tried to be bipartisan, point of republicans to key administration, no matter what he's done, they've still tried in any way they could to undermine him. i'm looking at grover norquist who says we had an election. boehner was elected speaker. now lame duck obama should get over it. first of all, boehner wasn't elected peeker. and he's also implying that the president doesn't have a mandate. it's the president and the democrats who won the election. the president won by 5 million votes. democrats expanded their majority in the senate and the house democrats earned 1.4 34i8on votes than the gop candidates. boehner is e let the record reflect elected by the republican caucus. this is what makes me not know what they'll do. >> when i said in the top of the show, who's pulling
's not important? say it and you're part of the problem. and that's "hardball" for now. th thanks for being with us. "politics nation" with al sharpton starts right now. >> thanks, chris. and thanks to you for tuning in. tonight's lead, the gop is in denial and they're scrambling to make a deal. the only problem? they still haven't learned that they're going to have to compromise. just hours ago, president obama returned home from christmas vacation. looking to jump start negotiations and protect millions from seeing their taxes go up. the news comes after a conference call that mr. boehner held with gop house members, telling them to return to washington this sunday. but just because they're coming back doesn't mean they're looking to play nice. today, senator harry reid blasted the speaker for refusing to even vote on a democratic plan that would protect 98% of americans. >> everyone knows that if they had brought up the house -- i'm sorry, the senate-passed bill that would give relief to everyone making less than $250,000 a year, it would pass overwhelmingly. it's being operated with a dictators
's "hardball" for now. thanks for being with us. "politics nation" with al sharpton starts right now. >> tonight, in new york city, welcome to "politics nation" second annual revvie awards. it's the best and the worst in politics, 2012. look, all the big stars are on the red carpet. donald trump is in the unreality show category. paul ryan's pumped and ready to go. what's with the hat there? >> and what's an awards show without this guy. he survived a really rough year and he's looking just great tonight. the evening is about to get started. so take a seat before clint eastwood yells at it. sit back and enjoy the show. without further adieu, ladies and gentlemen, please welcome your master of ceremonies and the host of "politics nation," the reverend al sharpton. >> good evening. and welcome to "the revvie awards." i'm al sharpton and the host of this evening's festivities. it's a big night and we'll be giving out awards for the high and low points of politics in 2012. to do that, we have a star-studded cast of judges. all looking very elegant this evening, i might say. let's get rig
early for us to crow, to say that the fever is broken. this is a sign that jim demint thinks that he's going to strip the betina off the heritage foundation. they are really a talking point tank but now it shows the ideology rather than intellect. jim demint has not had an original idea himself. he's all about platitudes. >> take a listen. >> either way, my expectation is, my hope is that that's no longer their number one priority and i'm hoping that once the election season is over that that spirit of cooperation comes for to the fore. >> are we seeing a change? are we moving in that direction, in your opinion, governor? >> we're clearly moving in that direction, reverend, whether it can go all the way, that the country needs -- i don't know. and it's really going to be incumbent on the president. as the movement start, the president has got to take hold and say to these republicans, okay, let's talk seriously. what do you need to make this deal work? what do you need to get this deal in a position that we'll get this country back on track and cause our economy to get back on track?
a complete shachl. thank god we have representative cleveland here to enlighten us. it means it can't be understood. john boehner is looking out for john boehner and looking out for his job. he does not at this moment have the votes. we're going through this sham to protect the rich. i do think that they were trying to do something tricky and look like, okay, maybe we sort of got that americans would like to see the rich pay a little bit more in taxzs so we'll do this one symbolic thing. but the right wing then demand that they gut programs for the poor and for the middle class. so it's, you know, it's kind of like a sugar-covered satan sandwich? >> i think we've all eaten satan sandwiches. i think satan just got some helpers here, congressman. because we're talking about not only gutting food stamps and gutting other programs. we're talking about dealing with deductions that middle class people use for their children's education. they're really talking about protecting people that make up to 7 figures by charging it to people that really need those deductions and need that income.
, the u.s. capitol. that would have been catastrophic. and if katani died on flight 93, he would not have been captured and we would not have learned the name of bin laden's courier from him. he's a little like the jimmy stuart character thein a movie getting played a lot this week. george saved miz brother, harry, from falling through the ice in. it happens in real life, too. one person can make a difference. that's "hardball" for now. thanks for being with us. "politics nation" with al sharpton starts right now. >> thanks, michael. and thanks to you for tuning in. i'm live tonight from atlanta. tonight's lead? breaking news. president obama issues a stern warning to republicans. do your jobs for the good of the american people. just moments ago, he held a press conference and said lawmakers can stop tax hikes on lower and middle class americans. >> i just spoke to speaker boehner and i also met with senator reed. in the next few days, i've asked leaders of congress to work towards a package that prevents a tax hike on middle class americans, protects unemployment insurance for 2 million
the table. it's obviously never been his first priority. he was hoping to use the debt ceiling as part of a grand bargain in 2011. he didn't want it to be, you know, because of the 14th amendment. >> he's having trouble suggesting that he do it. i think it's written there in the 14 lt amendment. and i think that's a constitutional way out of this crisis. but we'll see if he wants to -- if he actually goes ahead. >> eugene robinson, ryan grim, happy new year. >> happy new year. >> happy new year. >> thank you so much for coming on. >> that's going to do it for this live hour. stay tuned to msnbc for all the latest breaking news. for all of us here at msnbc, i'd like to wish you a happy and healthy new year. right now, a special edition of po "politics nation" with al sharpton. pushl push . >> tonight, from the world famous rockerfeller center in new york city. it's the best and worst in politics in 2012. all the big stars are on the red carpet. donald trump is hoping to win a revvie in the unreality show category. paul ryan is pumped and ready to go. what's with the hat there, fella? an
with us. "politicsnation" with al sharpton starts right now. >>> change, chris, and a thanks to you for tuning in. tonight's lead, holiday spirit gop style. later tonight, gop leaders are expected at the white house for a christmas party. it should be a festive event. maybe they will share some egg nog with the president. maybe sing some christmas carols. maybe some good cheer will be in the air, or maybe not. it might be a bit tough after the republican's new debt offer. for weeks they have called the white house plan a nonstarter. the gop republican in the senate reportedly laughed out loud, the leader of the gop and the senate laughed out loud when he heard about the president's plan and today speaker boehner said the white house plan was a, quote, a la-la land offer. well, earlier today the gop finally revealed its own proposal. it says that it offers $2.2 t l trillion in debt reduction and calls for the increasing the medicare eligibility age and social security on the table. gutting entitlements, check. but what about getting rid of the bush tax cuts for the upper income? you
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